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No gun, no Molotov: why did a 19-year-old Palestinian protester die?

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Gaza:  The morning after burying 19-year-old Abdul Fattah Abdul Nabi, his family gathered in a tent set up to receive mourners, watching and rewatching a video of the moment they say Israeli soldiers shot him in the back of the head. Brisbane Times Washington Post The video appears to show Abdul Fattah, dressed in black, running away from the border fence carrying a tyre. Just before reaching the crowd, he crumples under gunfire. “He had no gun, no Molotov, a ... Read More »

In Hungary, the exploitation of a mythical enemy is poisoning politics

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Viktor Orbán’s almost certain re-election relies on an anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim manifesto Nick Cohen The Guardian You may think Hungary is a faraway country. Small and landlocked, it has a baffling Finno-Ugric language few outsiders master. What do its corruptions and conspiracy theories have to do with us? When I was last in Budapest in August, I met Marta Pardavi. I worried about her and her friends in the Hungarian human rights movement, but I did not think I needed to transfer ... Read More »

Ann Coulter to Donald Trump: Beware the Former Trumpers

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Donald Trump has a boatload of problems. Ann Coulter, the author of a 2016 book titled “In Trump We Trust,” is now one of them. Frank Bruni The New York Times A week ago, when he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill with nothing for his promised border wall, her frustrations with him, expressed frequently in her syndicated columns, turned into fury. “Congratulations, President Schumer!” she tweeted to more than 1.9 million followers. She also fantasized on Twitter about his ... Read More »

Opinion: Jews face rampant anti-Semitism in Germany, Europe

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The murder of an elderly Holocaust survivor in Paris has shocked Europe. Michel Friedman DW However, Michel Friedman writes in this guest commentary, the killing should surprise no one: Anti-Semitism is omnipresent. We’re in the thick of it, and have been for a long time now: European anti-Semitism — hatred of Jews in Europe! Examples are legion: France, where a Holocaust survivor was brutally killed because of her Jewish faith; Britain, where the Labour Party is rocked by anti-Semitic scandals and the leader ... Read More »

Amal Clooney to defend Reuters journalists held in Myanmar

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Amal Clooney asserts the innocence of Reuters journalists on trial for reporting Rohingya massacre in Rakhine state. Al Jazeera Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has said she would represent two Reuters journalists on trial in Myanmar for reporting the massacre of the Rohingya people in western Rakhine state. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested last December, and have been charged under the Official Secrets Act, which could see them jailed up to 14 years. “Wa Lone and… Amal Clooney to… Read More »

In Balkans, Britain rejoins battle for influence

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Soft-power struggle with Russia hots up as West renews interest in region. Valerie Hopkins Politico BELGRADE — The West is fighting back against Russia in a battle for influence in the Balkans. But although the European Union has renewed its interest in the region, the latest charge is being led by Britain. Seven years after shutting down in Belgrade, the BBC on Monday reopened its Serbian language service, launching a website and unveiling partnerships with local media outlets. The move is… In ... Read More »

Mauritania court gives toughest sentence for slave owners

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Two slave owners in Mauritania have been jailed in a country where slavery remains widespread but convictions rare, activists say. BBC The sentences of 10 and 20 years are said to be the toughest-ever for the crime in the West African country. Slavery was outlawed in 1981 but 1% of the population are still living in bondage, human rights groups say. Black people of certain ethnic groups are often enslaved as domestic workers by lighter-skinned Mauritanians. The country has jailed ... Read More »

Kenny MacAskill: Stop treating Catalonia as a proxy for Scotland

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A few years ago, I saw rival groups of football fans displaying Palestinian and Israeli flags at an Old Firm match. Kenny MacAskill The Scotsman Done more to provoke the opposition, than show support for the country whose flag they were flying, doubtless they had as little interest in Middle Eastern affairs as they had knowledge of the religions supposedly represented by their respective teams. Now, there are parallels with the situation in Catalonia where supporters and opponents of Scottish ... Read More »

The master plan to stop Brexit

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With Britain just a year away from leaving the European Union, the transition deal agreed between the two sides is viewed as a key element to absorbing the Brexit shock. British Prime Minister Theresa May kick-started divorce proceedings one year ago, and March 29, 2019, has since been set as the date the UK will leave the bloc. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN        (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Best for Britain group trains activists how to persuade Leave voters — less hectoring, more listening. Charlie Cooper Politico LONDON — The leaders of the last-ditch effort to stop Brexit are rallying their troops with an uncomfortable message — they’ve been fighting in the wrong place. With just a year to go until the U.K.’s official exit date from the EU, leading anti-Brexit group Best for Britain is assembling an army of volunteers educated with tactics that couldn’t be further from ... Read More »

How will France deal with rising anti-Semitism?

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Some people in France hope the outrage over the killing of 85-year-old Mireille Knoll may turn the tide against an upsurge in anti-Semitism in the country. Elizabeth Bryant (Paris) DW Others are not so sure. Elizabeth Bryant reports from Paris. Parisians braved blustery winds and returned to the streets this week, not to denounce a spate of terror attacks in recent years, but the older scourge of anti-Semitism that some say is taking on a new, increasingly violent turn. The ... Read More »

German far-right activist held in Hungary over arms sales

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A German far-right activist was arrested in Hungary on March 28 on suspicion of illegally selling weapons through a website that urged citizens to defend themselves against migrants, Berlin prosecutors said. BERLIN – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The suspect, 34-year-old Mario Roensch, was detained in an early morning raid on his Budapest home by Hungarian anti-terror officers. Prosecutors said he is “strongly suspected” of running the far-right website Migrantenschreck (Migrants’ fright) between May and November 2016, which according to German media ... Read More »

Cambridge Analytica: They ‘Got Trump Elected’, We Should Worry About What Else They’ve Done

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The scandal that is wiping billions of dollars in value off the world’s richest company is about much more than just social media and data mining, writes Michael Brull. New Matilda British news program on Channel 4 has exposed Cambridge Analytica and Facebook for what has become an international scandal. However, due to the size and complexity of the issues raised, I don’t think their significance or implications have received the analysis they warrant. In this two part series, I’m ... Read More »

Truth, Power, and the Academy: A Response to Hal Brands

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Academic expertise should guide U.S. foreign policy. Unfortunately, it does not really work that way. John Glaser War On The Rocks On a host of issues, there is an enormous gap between scholarship on international relations and the policy consensus in Washington. The United States persistently pursues foreign strategies that run contrary to the policy implications of the academic consensus. And on questions that are hotly debated in academia, Washington displays inviolable bipartisan unity. Hal Brands addressed the gap in ... Read More »

Everyday heroes compelled to break the law when government fails to protect us

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What does it say about the state of our democracy when it falls upon everyday people to stop a billionaire building the largest coal mine in the southern hemisphere? Julian Burnside * The Sydney Morning Herald And what does it say about our politicians that they will let Adani’s mine proceed when the vast majority of Australians don’t want it, and scientists are urging us to keep coal in the ground to avoid more dangerous climate change? This month, nine ... Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: Scots government have ‘no power’ to stop Catalan arrest

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Nicola Sturgeon has said she cannot intervene to stop the arrest of a Catalan leader in Scotland who is now subject of a European Arrest warrant. The Scotsman Police Scotland are seeking to arrest Clara Ponsati, who was the education minister in the Catalan government, after she returned to work at St Andrews University. It follows a European Arrest warrant being issued against her last week. The exiled Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has already been arrested in Germany as the ... Read More »

Will Putin follow in Brezhnev’s footsteps?

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What should Russia and the world expect in the next six years? Mariya Petkova Al Jazeera On Friday, Russia‘s Central Electoral Commission released the final results of this week’s presidential elections, makingVladimir Putin‘s landslide victory official. The Russian president, who won 76.69 percent of the vote, will be inaugurated for a fourth term in May. “In the coming six years, will we see a new Putin or an old one?” Kremlin correspondent Andrei Kolesnikov askedthe president at the… Will Putin follow… Read More »